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The greed of Goodyear is a symptom stemming from decades of continually worsening trade policies coupled with increasing corporate corruption and selfishness. We are living in an era that is nearly the polar opposite of Socialism in that our government is almost controlled by corporations. My dad has worked at the Goodyear plant in Topeka, KS all of his life and my grandfather is a Goodyear retiree. Virtually all of his joints are worn out because of the years of hard work and sacrifice for Goodyear. Now, Goodyear is trying to break their promise of retiree health care that was promised to him, that he worked his whole life for. Why should he lose his health care so that Goodyear's execs can get more multi-million dollar bonuses? Is it any coincidence that Wal-Mart is now selling Goodyear tires? It looks like Wal-Mart and Goodyear are like two peas in a pod choosing the priority of excessive profit over fairness.

Originally posted to Craig Gunther on Sat Dec 02, 2006 at 12:19 PM PST.

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  •  Americans are beginning to feel the true... (4+ / 0-)

    ...effects of globalization and free trade. These feel good "syrup on pancakes" sweet sound bytes are now coming home to roost. The neo-con corporate fascist agenda by definition is consolidation of wealth into the top 5% of Americans, the elimination or morphing of the middle class into a lower slave or unskilled [by world standards] worker class. Two classes: The corporate-haves and the work from the cradle to the grave-have nots. The redistribution of wealth by the demise of the dollar and its replacement currency and the total dismantling of Social Security and any of its sister safety nets will occur as this corporate fascism reaches its final stages.

    Change the course--change the Captain. Change the crew. But save the ship!

    by ImpeachKingBushII on Sat Dec 02, 2006 at 12:30:16 PM PST

  •  My father worked on molded and extruded ... (2+ / 0-)
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    rubber products for 30 years.  St. Marys Ohio.  That was after he kicked some ass in Burma in WWII.  I'm not sure he's heard about this new development or else he would be incinerating my ear drums.  Current political attitude: let's leach from those who have the least blood to give.  Not a good long term strategy.

    Last Stand? Not quite ready for that, SIR!

    by Stonewall Custer on Sat Dec 02, 2006 at 12:50:42 PM PST

  •  Greed, yes, but also sloth. (3+ / 0-)

    Goodyear was late to the party with every innovation in the design and manufacture of tires--and clung too long to its outmoded retail distribution channels. In short, Goodyear workers were ill served by Goodyear management.

    Goodyear-manufactured tires have probably been at Wal-Mart for years; the difference now is that the flagship brand is so devalued that there's no longer any reason to protect it by marketing the tires under a private-label brand like, say, Kelly-Springfield.

    Where Goodyear blew it for me was the dreadful quality of the OEM tires that came on my last 2 vehicles. Fast wearing, poor handling and above all noisy at freeway speeds. Anybody know who makes tires under the Fisk brand?

  •  National Day of Solidarity with Striking Workers (0+ / 0-)

    December 16: National Solidarity Actions with Strikers at Goodyear
    Actions in Over 100 Cities Across the US and Canada

    On October 5 of this year, in response to unacceptable contract offers from
    the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company 15,000 members of the USW were forced
    to strike for job security and the guarantee of healthcare in their
    retirement.  The Steelworkers are entering the tenth week of their strike
    and these 15,000 union members are fighting for their working lives.

    Goodyear has already announced the shutdown of the Tyler, Texas facility-
    eliminating 1,200 union jobs- and is threatening to close another US
    facility in the near future.  Meanwhile, the company plans on increasing
    imports from China while lobbying against improved labor standards in the
    developing country.  Currently Goodyear production employees in China are
    earning as little as 42 cents an hour!

    Goodyear is also working hard to get out of its obligation to retirees.  The
    company is trying to push its retiree healthcare obligations off its books
    by setting up an under funded independent account to administer retiree
    healthcare.  The fund could run dry as soon as 2013, leaving retirees- some
    with as many as 30 years of service- with no health insurance.

    On December 16, with the help of the AFL-CIO the United Steelworkers are
    planning solidarity actions at Goodyear stores in over 100 cities across the
    United States and Canada.  Come out on December 16 to join the United
    Steelworkers in their struggle for union jobs and healthcare and to help
    spread information about the strike!

    For more information, check out gkdsolidarityexpress.org or email solidarity@usw.org

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